All Family Therapy Programs (FTP) students take core counseling courses in order to provide them with a comprehensive background in the basic theories and practices of general counseling and introductory marriage and family therapy courses. Most of the training, however, is designed so that each family therapy student focuses more closely on the theories and practices of family therapy. The internship is a significant aspect of the family therapy training and begins after the student has completed a minimum of 18 credits (COUNSL 608, COUNSL 616, COUNSL 621, COUNSL 622, and COUNSL 620 or 617, and a course of your choice from the FTP curriculum). In addition, COUNSL 606 and COUNSL 625 must be taken prior to or concurrently with the second semester (fall semester of your internship).
The family therapy student is assisted by faculty of the FT Program in obtaining a placement at any one of several community agencies or institutions in the Greater Boston area provided by the counseling department at UMass Boston. Professionals who meet specific licensure and certification qualifications provide on site supervision and a family therapy faculty member provides group supervision at the university.
The family therapy student is required to undertake three (3) semesters of the internship totaling 900 hours. The number of hours required for the internship is 300 per semester. COAMFTE Accreditation standards requires that students have 500 direct clinical contact hours, thus a student may have to work more than the required 900 hours to complete the required direct clinical contact hours. The student must also take the seminar course as part of the internship (COUNSL 698 Family Therapy Internship).